Truth Yet Taboo

As we all know, sexual abuse is a common situation in our society. It’s however, unspoke of; often leaves a victm & family members in denial. It raises questions as the level of understanding between a victim or a perpatrator or if the perpatrator has been a victim himself. Often times, the act of sexual abuse is much more than intercourse. It can be fondling, touching or using other objects. As i have dealt with this recently in my profession, i see the importance of our society educating themselves as well as our youth.

Sexual abuse can occur anywhere at anytime. It leaves a lasting effect on victims. And at times, puts so many others in turmoil. However, there are resources such as, SAFE exams, forensic interviews,support groups and victims compensation.

Below are statistics from the National Center for the Victims of Crime. I primarily focused my search between sexual abuse occurring in the home. These statistics are from 2010:

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary. Statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).

Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:

  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
  • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
  • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized
  • 60% of children are victimized by an individual in their social circle
  • For more information, please visit victimsofcrime.org.
  • Open for any comments or questions.
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